closer. that includes the federal government. all nonessential employees should stay home today. >> most local governments are closed in maryland, virginia, and the district. metro train and bus service is shut down for the first time since 2003. marc and vre also closed. >> amtrak service in the northeast corridor not happening today either. most students in our area also, obviously, getting the day off of school. all major public school systems in d.c., maryland, and virginia are closed this morning along with most private schools in the area. >> and you can find a complete list of school and business closings scrolling on the bottom of your screen. and live on nbcwashington.com. >> good morning. sandy's first heavy rains are now coming into our region. they've had heavy downpours all night right along the atlantic seaboard and the eastern sho. they have wind gusts from 40 to 45 miles an hour now. the heaviest rains are now getting closer to washington. in fact, the areas you see here they are getting some moderate rain now in the yellow zone. here is the intensity scale. anges and reds, that's heavy rain, and the really heavy rain band is just about to come into st. mary's county. they're getting moderate to heavy rain there and generally light to moderate rain in calvert and anne arundel, prince george's, and now we're beginning to see moderate rain showing up in washington, montgomery county, eastern fairfax county. points west, just a little light rain, getting snow out of the mountains of southern west virginia. all of these counties in lavender are under a blizzard warning, of all things, up to a foot of heavy wet snow there.